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Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp DavidThirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David
(2014/09/16)
Lawrence Wright

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近くの図書館に入荷されたのでニューヨークタイムズの2014年ベストブック10に選ばれたこちらの本を読み始めました。演劇にもなっていたためか、まだプロローグの段階ですでに引き込まれています。

THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David
By Lawrence Wright
Alfred A. Knopf, $27.95.
In 1978, over 13 days at Camp David, Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter hammered out a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt that remains the most profound diplomatic achievement to emerge from the Mideast conflict. In a fascinating account of the talks, Wright combines history, politics and, most of all, a gripping drama of three clashing personalities into a tale of constant plot twists and dark humor. He reminds us that Carter’s visionary idealism and doggedness represented an act of surpassing political courage.


Camp Davidはオックスフォードとロングマンの学習辞典に載っているレベルの単語だから抑えておいていいでしょう。「受験英語は役立つ」と青筋立てて反論する人ほどこう社会常識なのに無関心なのは困りものです。。。

(オックスフォード)
Camp David
the special home, office and camp for the US President in the Catoctin Mountains in the state of Maryland. It was called Shangri-La when first used in 1942 by President Franklin D Roosevelt but in 1953 President Eisenhower named it after his grandson David. Meetings there in 1978 led to the Camp David Agreement for peace between Egypt and Israel. compare Chequers


(ロングマン)
Camp David
the country home of US Presidents, where the President goes to relax. People remember it especially for the Camp David Agreement, which established peace between Egypt and Israel and was signed at Camp David in 1979.



自分としてはまだ小さかったのでこの合意のインパクトがいまいち想像できません。どちらかというと1993年のクリントン大統領のオスロ合意の方が印象的です。



この演劇でも登場している4人目の女性はカーター夫人のRosalynnさんです。下記の動画でも6分ほどで彼女を登場人物として積極的に採用しようとした理由を説明してくれています。



C-Spanの講演でも同じく6分あたりでこの話をしているので、欠かせない部分なんでしょうね。

動画6分あたり
Gerry said. “Mr. President, Larry works for The New Yorker. He recently wrote an article about Scientology. ”
“I read that. I found that most intriguing.
At the time, I was trying to decide who are my characters in the play.
And Begin, Sadat, and Carter. Yes, but anybody else.
Rosalynn turns around and said, “Since when did you start reading The New Yorker!?”
I had the fourth character. I needed someone who could talk to Jimmy Carter like that.

以下のインタビューではCarter said, “I read it every week!”とありますから、カーター元大統領は毎週New Yorkerを読んでいるようです(笑)

A Tripartite Drama
Maurice Chammah interviews Lawrence Wright

September 2, 2014
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer mines the ongoing resonance of the Camp David Accords, on stage and on the page.

Guernica: Was it a struggle to take a series of days and events and people and turn that into a dramatic arc, or was it inherent in the material?
Lawrence Wright: The first tricky part is you have to decide who is on stage, and one of my frustrations was that I had to leave so many people out. That was one of the motivations for writing the book; there were so many interesting characters who were unaccounted for in the play. So you try to be economical in terms of the number of people that you put on the stage, and I knew I had three people: Carter, Begin, and Sadat.
Gerald Rafshoon was Carter’s media advisor. He took me down to Plains to introduce me to the Carters. He said, “Mr. President, Larry writes for The New Yorker. He wrote a story recently about Scientology.” Carter said, “Well, I read that.”
And Rosalynn [Carter’s wife] said, “Since when did you start reading The New Yorker!?”
Carter said, “I read it every week!”
And I knew I had my fourth character. I needed someone who knew how to talk to Jimmy Carter. Rosalynn Carter turned out to be a very important asset in both the play and the book because she left me her personal diary, and that was insightful in terms of the emotional piece of the story.


彼のScientologyについての本Going ClearはHBOのドキュメンタリーになっています。New Yorkerの記事では記事の全文が読めます。



Profiles FEBRUARY 14, 2011 ISSUE
The Apostate
Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology.

BY LAWRENCE WRIGHT
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